The Bushwhackers: A Legacy in Professional Wrestling

The Bushwhackers, consisting of Butch Miller and Luke Williams, are a name that resonates with wrestling fans around the globe. Their career spanned over three decades, beginning in 1966 and lasting until 2001, during which they entertained audiences with their unique blend of comedy and in-ring brutality.

Originally hailing from New Zealand, the duo competed under various names including The New Zealand Kiwis, The Sheepherders, and The Kiwi Sheepherders before becoming The Bushwhackers in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). Their journey through the wrestling world saw them adopt different personas, from the violent Sheepherders to the comedic and fan-friendly Bushwhackers.

Their time in the WWF, from 1988 to 1996, marked a significant shift in their wrestling style. The Bushwhackers developed a comedic act that included their iconic arm-swinging walk and the unusual habit of licking each other, fans, and even opponents. This new approach endeared them to the WWE Universe, making them one of the most beloved tag teams of their time.

The Bushwhackers’ in-ring achievements include 23 Tag Team titles across various promotions, though they never captured the WWF Tag Team Championship. They engaged in memorable feuds and matches with teams like The Fabulous Rougeaus, The Natural Disasters, and The Nasty Boys. Their popularity extended beyond the ring, leading to appearances on television shows such as “Family Matters.”

Despite their comedic antics, The Bushwhackers were no strangers to tough competition. They faced off against formidable opponents like The Heavenly Bodies and The Quebecers, showcasing their resilience and adaptability. Their last appearance under WWF contract was a victory over Justin Bradshaw and Uncle Zebakiah at a house show.

After leaving the WWF, The Bushwhackers continued to make special appearances in the independent circuit and returned to their roots as The Sheepherders for special events. Their enduring appeal was recognized with their induction into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2015, cementing their status as wrestling legends.

The Bushwhackers’ career is a testament to their versatility and ability to connect with fans. From their brutal beginnings to their comedic heights, Butch Miller and Luke Williams left an indelible mark on the world of professional wrestling.

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